Arvind Sharma

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Arvind Sharma
Born Varanasi, India
Residence Canada
Alma mater Allahabad University (B.A.), Syracuse University (M.A.), Harvard University (M.T., PhD)
Scientific career
Fields Religious Studies
Institutions McGill University

Arvind Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University. Sharma's works focus on comparative religion, Hinduism, and the role of women in religion. Some of his more famous works include Our Religions and Women in World Religions. Feminism in World Religions was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book (1999).[1]


Born in Varanasi, India, Arvind Sharma earned a B.A. in History, Economics, and Sanskrit from Allahabad University in 1958. In 1962, Sharma joined the Indian Administrative Service, serving in Gujarat until 1968. In 1971 he received an M.A. from Syracuse University and in 1974 earned a Masters in Theology from Harvard University. In 1978 he obtained his Ph.D. in Sanskrit from Harvard University. In 1976 he was appointed to the position of Lecturer in Asian Religions at the University of Queensland and in 1980 he took a similar position at the University of Sydney.[2]

In 1987, Sharma took the position of Associate Professor of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal. He is currently the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion there.[3] Sharma was the first Infinity Foundation Visiting professor of Indic Studies at Harvard.[4] He has held fellowships at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Center for the Study of World Religions, the Brookings Institution, the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life, and the Center for Business and Government. He was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.[3]

Sharma currently writes two blogs entitled "Indological Provocations" and "The Comparative Study of Religion".



  1. ^ Dr. Arvind Sharma, Emory University Hindu Students Council, retrieved 2015-04-10.
  2. ^ Arvind Sharma Archived May 27, 2015, at the Wayback Machine., Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, retrieved 2015-04-10.
  3. ^ a b Asian Perspectives on the World's Religions after September 11 (Book flyer), ABC-Clio, retrieved 2015-04-10.
  4. ^ Arvind Sharma’s life and work Archived July 6, 2015, at the Wayback Machine., World Wisdom, retrieved 2015-04-10.

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